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Strong S&P 500 Earnings Growth

By Colin Twiggs
May 12, 2007 3:00 a.m. EST (5:00 p.m. AEST)

These extracts from my trading diary are for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as investment advice. Full terms and conditions can be found at Terms of Use.

USA: Dow, Nasdaq and S&P500

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is testing the upper border of the trend channel. Rising Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) signals accumulation. Reversal below 13000 would warn of retracement to test the lower channel border. Reversal below 12000 is unlikely, but would warn of another secondary correction.

Channel lines in the chart below are not symmetrical: I have dragged the top channel line closer to the linear regression line because in this case data is not evenly distributed around the LR line.

dow jones industrial average medium-term chart

Long Term: The primary up-trend continues, with the first line of support at the May 2006 peak of 11600 and primary support at the June 2006 low of 10700.

A few days ago I used the low dividend yield on the Dow and S&P 500 to argue that we are in phase 3 of a bull market. That is incorrect. The market is still in Phase 2. We are experiencing an accelerating up-trend, but the cause is improved earnings growth, not market euphoria.

While the dividend yield on the S&P 500 may be a low 1.8%, earnings yields are close to the 6% experienced during the 1960s and 70s. What has changed is the dividend payout ratio (dividends as a percentage of earnings), declining from 60% in the early 60s to 30% today. This should (theoretically) result in higher earnings growth as capital retained for investment (or share buy-backs) grows at a faster rate.

standard and poors 500 earnings and dividend payout chart

The chart below shows that quarterly earnings (EPS) are growing at a faster rate than the index. Phase 3 will be signaled when index growth overtakes earnings - with a resultant fall in earnings yields.

standard and poors 500 earnings and dividend yield chart

Short Term: The index found support at 13200 and appears set for another test of the upper trend channel - after overcoming resistance at Wednesday's high.

dow jones industrial average short term chart





The Dow Jones Transportation Average is consolidating between 5000 and 5200. Breakout will signal the future direction.

dow jones transport average

Fedex and UPS both display bearish consolidation during a secondary correction - hinting at an economic slow-down.





The Nasdaq Composite displays a bullish consolidation during an up-trend, while Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) signals long-term accumulation, having respected the zero line for several months.

Long Term: The primary up-trend continues, with support at 2350 and 2000.

nasdaq composite

The S&P 500 recovered after falling through the new support level at 1500. A rise above Wednesday's high would signal another test of the upper trend channel, but we may see further consolidation. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) is well above zero, signaling long-term accumulation, but the short-term divergence reflects some uncertainty. The target for the primary trend move is 1545 (1460 + [1460-1375]).

Long Term: The primary trend is up, with support levels at 1325 and 1220.

standard and poors 500





LSE: United Kingdom

The FTSE 100 retraced to test support at 6450, Friday's long tail signaling buyer enthusiasm. Recovery above 6600 is expected and should signal a rally to 6750 (6600 + [6600-6450]). Reversal below 6400 is unlikely, but would warn of another correction.

Long Term: The primary up-trend continues. A fall below 6000 is not expected, but would signal a test of primary support at 5500.

ftse 100

Nikkei: Japan

The Nikkei 225 shows a bullish narrow consolidation below resistance at 17600. A breakout above recent weeks' highs would signal a test of the upper trend channel; while a break below the lower channel line would warn of a test of the March low of 16600 and a possible test of primary support at 14200. Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) holding above zero signals accumulation.

Long Term: The primary trend is up.

nikkei 225





ASX: Australia

The All Ordinaries up-trend is accelerating - rising above the upper border of the trend channel. Bearish divergence on Twiggs Money Flow (21-day) continues to warn of long-term profit-taking.

Long Term: The primary up-trend continues, with support at the May 2006 high of 5300 and the June 2006 low of 4800.

all ords medium-term

Short Term: Support has so far held at 6300, with buyer commitment signaled by strong volume on Tuesday. Friday's red candle, however, warns of a test of the lower channel line on the chart below. Breakout below the lower channel would warn of a secondary correction, but recovery above 6350 remains more likely, signaling another test of the upper trend channel.

all ords short-term

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~ General Douglas MacArthur.

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